It is so difficult for me to believe, at this moment, that Johnny McCain and Sarah Palin are still considered to be serious contenders for the offices of president and vice president of the United States of America. Be that as it may, it seems that, for some unfathomable reason, they are. Let me just say this: If Mr. McCain fails to show up at the presidential debate tomorrow evening, his campaign will have lost all credibility and his candidacy all validity.
The Democratic presidential nominee, Senator Barack Obama, held a news availability following today’s political grandstanding by Johnny McCain and the House Republicans. Let’s go to the video…
Yesterday, David Letterman posed the question of why Johnny McCain’s running mate, Sarah Palin, isn’t continuing his presidential campaign while Johnny is in Washington “fixing the economy.”
If you watch this segment from CBS news anchor Katie Couric’s interview with Mrs. Palin yesterday I believe you will understand…
If you missed it, here is the question Katie asked: “Why isn’t it better, Governor Palin, to spend $700 billion helping middle-class families who are struggling with health care, housing, gas and groceries? Allow them to spend more, and put more money into the economy, instead of helping these big financial institutions that played a role in creating this mess?”
Here is Mrs. Palin’s response: “That’s why I say I, like every American I’m speaking with, were ill about this position that we have been put in. Where it is the taxpayers looking to bail out. But ultimately, what the bailout does is help those who are concerned about the health care reform that is needed to help shore up our economy. Um, helping, oh, it’s got to be about job creation, too. Shoring up our economy, and getting it back on the right track. So health care reform and reducing taxes and reining in spending has got to accompany tax reductions, and tax relief for Americans, and trade — we have got to see trade as opportunity, not as, uh, competitive, um, scary thing, but one in five jobs created in the trade sector today. We’ve got to look at that as more opportunity. All of those things under the umbrella of job creation.”
Huh? If you watch the video, you can see the look on Katie Couric’s face. It’s like “What the hell are you talking about, lady?” You’ll also notice that Mrs. Palin is even referring to her notes during her answer. She needed notes to come up with that rambling piece of nonsense?
Sarah Palin is not ready to be let loose in public. She definitely is not fit to be one (apparently increasingly) unhealthy 72-year-old heartbeat removed from the presidency of the United States of America.
Laura Bush says that Sarah Palin is being treated unfairly because she is a woman. Huh-uh. Sarah Palin is being treated as we would expect any candidate for high national office to be treated. She simply is not fit. The biggest favor the voters of America could possibly do for Sarah Palin would be to send her back to her little cabin in the frozen tundra of Alaska.
(If, for some reason, you feel you want to watch the entire two-part interview, you may do so here and here.)
Johnny McCain has been caught lying again and I’m not too sure we should just forgive him for this one.
Yesterday he told us all that he was immediately suspending his presidential campaign so he could rush back to Washington D.C. to “fix the economy.” Pretty noble, right? Except for one thing… He didn’t rush back to Washington D.C. to do anything. He continued campaigning.
He was scheduled to appear on Late Night with David Letterman last night. A few minutes before the taping yesterday afternoon, Mr. McCain called Mr. Letterman and told him he would have to cancel the appearance because he had to rush back to Washington D.C. to “fix the economy.” He didn’t. Instead, he rushed over to CBS News and did a softball interview with Katie Couric (during which he recited Senator Obama’s talking points on the Wall Street Bailout Package) at exactly the same time the Letterman show was taping. (See video of Letterman in previous post.)
Here it is Thursday morning, the day after Mr. McCain told us he had to suspend his campaign so he could rush back to Washington D.C. to “fix the economy” and Mr. McCain is still not in Washington D.C. He’s in New York City sucking up to the Clinton voters.
And where is his running mate, his vice presidential candidate, during all this? Nobody knows. Nobody has bothered to explain (or even ask, it seems) why she is not able to carry on the campaign while Johnny is supposedly in Washington, D.C. “fixing the economy.”
Oh, well… George W. Bush is holding a photo-op in Washington, D.C. this afternoon for himself, the presidential candidates and the Congressional leaders. We’re pretty sure Johnny McCain will show up for that. He said he’d be there, after all.
If he can take time out of “fixing the economy” to do all this other stuff, surely he can make time to show up for a very important presidential debate tomorrow evening. Right?
They say you can what kind of a president a man would be by the campaign he runs. Remember that.
P.S. Here’s the real kicker. Johnny McCain has not even read the Paulson plan yet. And he’s going to “fix the economy.” Maybe. He knows how to fix the Paulson plan before he has even read it, and it’s only three pages long.
P.P.S. Chances are looking mighty good that a deal on the bailout package will be reached before the photo-op at the White House this afternoon. Will Johnny McCain still pull a no-show at the first presidential debate?
UPDATE: Well, Johnny-come-lately made it to the photo-op. That’s him way down there on the left side of the picture:
As reports of the meeting at the White House emerge, it is becoming increasingly clear that Johnny McCain’s only motives for attending were 1) to throw a wrench into the works so the talks will drag on and he will have an excuse to not attend tomorrow night’s presidential debate and 2) a desperate attempt to save his dying presidential campaign.
Here is a closer look at the crotchety old dude during the meeting: